There is now an official Utada online promotion team for fans.
Its now time for us to do our part!
If you want to help promote Utada and "EXODUS", join the official online team now.
Here is the main page
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Utada will appear in a Nintendo DS commercial in Japan!
The commercial will begin broadcast Sept 18th, and will feature "Easy Breezy"
MORE (Utada.jp news + clip)
As you can see, UtadaNet.com has a new look.
A new theme layout has been created for the site.
We hope everyone enjoys it!
As we have learned from Utada's Pheonix interview, she is currently on a Promotional Tour. On the 16th she was in Dallas and Pheonix.
Currently she is in California, and will be on e107.9 The End, a Sacramento radio station, on Weds the 18th in the morning.
They are refering her to as the "Japanese Madonna" - perhaps they heard the Pheonix interview, where Madonna was mentioned while talking about the use of the 'brand name' Utada.
(credit goes to sumiko216 of U-O)
Next, she will be up in San Francisco
Well from the new update to www.Utada.jp, with the new Exodus layout, in the new UTADA section, it lists the USA radio tour as follows:
Apparently her tour was Aug. 15-20, and she went to
Dallas, Pheonix, Sacremento (which we know of already)
but also to LA, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle!
We wonder if these other radio appearances were broadcasted... or maybe just shelved... if saved for a later date, every one in these cites keep your ears peeled for Utada!
The look and layout of www.Utada.jp has been changed.
It has been redone with a nice purple look and using the cover image from the Exodus album.
This revamp is undoubtedly done for the launch of Exodus in Japan.
It can be predicted that www.Utada.com will follow soon with a similar layout change.
EASY BREEZY Music Video - On Air!
The PV for "Easy Breezy" will be on air in Japan on 2004-09-01
The Arizona radio station that was the first to play 'Devil Inside', "Energy 92.7 and 101.1" (http://www.energyarizonafm.com/ or http://www.energy98stl.com/)
will be hosting an interview with Utada at their studios!
UPDATE: Also on the same day, she will be in Dallas, Texas making an appearance on 106.7 KDL Radio in the morning, before her Arizona appearance.
UPDATE: [Aug 12] Today the lucky fan who gets to sit in with the Utada interview on Energy Arizona radio was announced. Congrats to Wyatt Y. of Pheonix!~
READ MORE HERE
UPDATE: CLICK HERE to to hear the Interview
www.Utada.com has just been updated.
It states that "Easy Breezy" starts radio play on September 7th.
Also the news tells us that Hikki has recently finished filming a music video for "Easy Breezy" in July, in LA. The video was directed by Jake Nava (from UK, more recently directed videos for Beyonce and Usher).
We are also told that Hikki's had taken her first driving lesson in NYC to prepare herself for the video shoot, in which she drives a Ferrari.
Here is a picture from the video shoot
UPDATE: also, on www.utada.jp it mentions that there will be a "Easy Breezy" DVD single for 1500yen, release October 6th
More Big News!
Enter to win a trip to see Utada in New York City(Airfare to NYC, 2 nights hotel, tickets to a performance), an iPod and an autographed copy of 'Exodus'!!!
3 other people also get an iPod and an autographed copy of 'Exodus'.
Also, the first 500 people to sign up recieve a copy of the CD Single 'Easy Breezy'.
Contest ends OCTOBER 31, 2004 11:59 EST.
Contest is only open to residents of the United States.
UPDATE AUG 6th:
www.Utada.com has finally updated their site announcing the contest
Well Big News!
www.Utada.com has been updated!
The Music Section at the bottom of the site is now activated.
If you click it, i will bring up a new window 'Devil Inside' listenig session window...
You have to sign in to be able to listen to the audio clips.
To sign in, use the email address you used to sign up for the Utada Mailing List ... if you didnt sign up, sign up now.
The tracks are full streaming tracks of Devil Inside for you to listen to.
Utada music can now also be bought at various Online music stores such as iTunes.com, Napster.com, Rhapsody.com, and Walmart.com.
These sites also include short listening samples.
Read More Here (Forum)
July 20, 2004 (evening)
The first confirmed US radio play of Utada!
The song "Devil Inside (Richard Vission Experience Remix)" was first played by a DJ on Arizona radio on the station Energy FM Arizona http://www.energyarizonafm.com/
UTADA: FRESH NEW SOUND FOR THE FALL
Exciting singer/songwriter releases US debut EXODUS on Island Records Oct. 5
July 6, 2004--21-year-old singer/songwriter Utada will offer a fresh new sound for music fans this Fall when her US debut album, EXODUS, is released Oct. 5 on Island. An enigmatic fusion of alternative, pop, dance and funk grooves, EXODUS features witty lyrics and well-crafted melodies. The first remix single on the album is "Devil Inside," an hypnotic dance track laced with electronic Asian-flavored beats that is sure to be a club favorite. Another winning track is the sunny pop melody "Easy Breezy," which will be the first radio single off the album.
Utada is also joined on her debut album by some outstanding special guests such as drummer Jon Theodore from Mars Volta, who delivers an infectious groove on "Kremlin Dusk," and master producer Timbaland who adds his funky touch to "Exodus '04," "Wonder 'Bout" and "Let Me Give You My Love." Here's what they had to say about recording with Utada:
"She's above the typical trappings of pop music because her voice is beautiful and she writes her own music. She has discerning taste that sort of transcends the genre. It's not really classifiable."
--Jon Theodore of Mars Volta
"We did some great work together-Exodus is such a fabulous song and Utada is the best!"
FINALLY A release date!!! Mark your calendars guys~ Utada's coming October 5th!!
And an added bonus.....NEW IMAGE!
Japanese Press Release
Hikaru no 5 DVD Release Announcement (forum topic)
"Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro" DVD Single Release Announcement (forum topic)
'Dareka...' & 'Hikaru no 5' DVD Product pages (forum topic)
Island Records has released a press release for UTADA. It states that Utada's debut Album is titled, EXODUS, and is confirmed, once again, to be out Fall 2004.
Other song titles mentioned are:
"Kremlin Dusk" with drummer Jon Theodore from Mars Volta
"Exodus '04", "Wonder 'Bout", and "Let Me Give You My Love" produced with Timbaland
It is also stated that the "young star composes, writes and arranges all her songs, infusing her music with seductive, witty lyrics and well-crafted melodies."
Well, we already knew that she composes, writes, and arranges all her songs but their description tells us that her US material will definately not be anything like her Japanese material.
Island Records Hosts Party for Utada
Islands Records hosting an exclusive listening party for Utada on June 8th at 5Ninth in New York City. Tracks from Utada's English language debut, out this Fall, filled the evening with her intoxicating brand of music.
Well, now there's an official 'general' time for Utada's Debut! And it looks like Utada's promotions are finally starting
HERE is Utada with Island Records President, Steve Bartels (left) and Island Def Jam Chairman Antonio "LA" Reid (right)
(Forum topic) Read more here